If you have lost some or all of your teeth, you need to replace those teeth. Dentures are the most common way to replace missing teeth, although the prospect might not be appealing to many people.
The good news is that today’s modern dentures are vastly improved from the fake-looking tooth replacements of many years ago. Dentures are now more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before. Patients who wear them find that they function quite well!
If you are facing the loss of some or all of your teeth, Dr. Drew Spencer can give you more information on dentures. With dentures to replace your missing teeth, you will be smiling, laughing, and eating normally again!
What Are the Different Types of Dentures?
Complete dentures are a good option for those who are losing all of their teeth. Once your teeth are removed and your gums have had a chance to heal, you will be fitted with a set of custom dentures. There is a period of adjustment when you initially start wearing them, but after you adjust, you’ll be able to speak, laugh, and eat with ease.
When you are missing a few teeth in a row, a partial denture is a good option to fill in the space left behind. A partial denture fits around your healthy teeth with a clasp to keep it in place.
It might not seem like a big deal to be missing several teeth, but it is necessary to fill in the gap to protect the health of your remaining teeth. When a space left by missing teeth is allowed to remain in your mouth, your other teeth will eventually start to move. Your bite will become unstable, which can lead to damage of your healthy teeth. Ultimately, you risk losing more teeth.
The Best of Both Worlds: Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer patients the stability of dental implants with the convenience and affordability of dentures. With implant-supported dentures, there is no risk of dentures slipping or sliding.
In addition, jawbone loss—a serious problem, particularly for those who are completely edentulous (missing all their teeth)—is halted because the implants continue to stimulate the bone. Implant-supported dentures prevent that sunken-in look—also called facial collapse—that many denture-wearers eventually develop.
Taking Care of Dentures
It will take a bit of time to get used to eating and talking when you first get your dentures, and they may need to be adjusted until the fit is precise. You might have to wear them 24 hours a day at first so trouble spots can be identified and fixed.
Brush your dentures before you take them out to ensure they are free of food particles. Put them into warm—not hot!—water or a denture cleaning solution when they are not in your mouth.
Give us a call today so you can talk to Dr. Spencer about whether or not dentures are a good solution for your missing teeth.